There are a lot of opportunities in technology, but where should companies and VCs invest? What are the companies and products that still need to be built, where is there opportunity for new growth? Ben Horowitz founder of Opsware and Andreessen Horowitz provides insight on the trends he is seeing in the market, what he is interested in investing in, and how entrepreneurs can build something significant.
Ben Horowitz is a co-founder and general partner of the venture capital fund, Andreessen Horowitz. Andreessen Horowitz raised its second fund of $650M in November 2010, quickly following the first fund in July 2010 of $300M. Some of its portfolio companies include Foursquare, Skype, Rockmelt and Zynga. Ben pens his own blog, Ben’s Blog where he covers everything from how CEOs should hire executives to how to minimize politics in your company.
Horowitz was a co-founder and CEO of Opsware (formerly Loudcloud), which was acquired by HP in 2007, and was appointed vice president and general manager of Business Technology Optimization for Software at HP. Earlier, he was vice president and general manager of America Online’s E-commerce Platform division, where he oversaw development of the company’s flagship Shop@AOL service. Previously, Horowitz ran several product divisions at Netscape Communications. Horowitz also served as vice president of Netscape’s widely acclaimed Directory and Security product line. Before joining Netscape in July 1995, he held various senior product marketing positions at Lotus Development Corporation.
Horowitz has a BA in Computer Science from Columbia University and an MS in Computer Science from UCLA. He serves on the board of SnapLogic, Factual, Okta, Proferi, Nicira and Skype and is a Foursquare board observer. He lives in Silicon Valley with his wife and three daughters.